Pros It is very pretty...
Cons It crashes very often, many of the features do not work properly such as the dimmer(to bright @ night), the radio reception is AWFUL!! and finally the iPod interface is so had to use that you have to take your eyes off the road to pick what you want.
Summary When I went to my "professional" sales and installer location I requested 2 things... I wanted great radio because I listen to the local NPR station exclusively and I want something that would interface with my iPod Touch and iPhone with out issue. The guy convinced me that Alpine was the way to go. Was he WRONG!!! Alpine has gone so far down hill that what I got was neither.
First off the radio does not pick up anything well and to make matters worse the unit does not lock into the station I have selected so if there is anything "near by" it will wonder over to that. I have tried two different antenna and have had the electrical system check out (not by the installer by the way but by my race mechanic).
As to the iPod connection the unit fails so often on the USB connection that I had them sell me the second iPod connector. If one fails I trade over to the other and that will work for a while. The interface is the next real issue. The unit state up as soon as you plug it in; unless you pick your playlist first it start off with the first song in your library every time. This is a default and can't be changed in settings.
Now you may think that this was just my radio, however, I have had the unit replaced two times (I am on my 3rd unit) and everything I have described is still happening. I made sure it was installed with all the bells and whistles by a AUTHORIZED Alpine dealer. I called Alpine to ask if there was some sort of software update (we will not discuss their customer service or lack there of). All in all I am taking the unit and using it as a door stop, because that is what it would be best as!
The short story...
I spent (just on the radio unit, accessories & installation) over $600 and all I can say is it was a total waste of money. I have spoken to other people with Alpine units, many have complained about similar experiences. Alpine was ones THE unit to purchase in aftermarket radios now they are the unit to stay far far away from!!!
Anyone want to buy a iDA-X100 with bluetooth and all the cables?
Pros Intuitive navigation makes browsing the music from your iPod simple, comes "ready" for a lot of features including bluetooth, clear display and bright illumination, imprint feature is great for adjusting volumes and gain on treble, bass, sub, etc.
Cons The plastic scratches very easily (even microfiber scratches it). The "case" for the faceplate is a little rag that will also scratch it. The accessories to use "ready" features retail at a premium (I.E. $299 to fully integrate bluetooth).
Summary The software on the unit is great. You can set your own background if you upload the picture on your iPod and download it on the unit. Eliminates having CD's all over the car. But honestly, I expected better quality material for the price tag. Alpine definitely cut corners to save on production costs. Also, the clock is hideous. Why Alpine chose an old-school flip clock with yellow when there is no other yellow on the unit baffles me. Someone from marketing and product development needs to be cut. I would not recommend the purchase.
Pros Easy to use.
Cons 1) Bug when iPod Touch is on and start car, audio is muted. Have to power cycle iPod Touch and start car. Did not happen with salesman's iPod classic.
2) Does not talk to my 2nd generation iPod. Get device error.
Summary Has some bugs and does not work with my older iPod.
I paid $350 at a local dealer (AMS in San Jose). I could have done better, but it was an impulse buy.
Pros No Cd's=No skipping songs, Easily Connect your ipod with the fast adapter. Easy to navigate the menu.
Cons No cd player?
Summary Great Product for a Great price. Last Ipod receiver you will ever own.
Pros Great sound quality from my 160gb ipod (minimum 320 rip) and relatively easy to use interface. Other reviewers have complained about lack of cd support? Why contemplate this unit if you want to play cd's? Love the clock!
Cons Still not a patch on the ipods interface but head and shoulders above any competing units. memorised FM stations are stored as their fm frequency rather than name which makes life more difficult. Very uninformatiive manual.
Summary Only game in town if you want to get the best out of ipods in cars.